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Clacton: Committed pier bosses say attraction is in good hands
12:00pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
PIER owners in Clacton say the town’s seafront centrepiece is in safe hands after the release of new research claiming piers in Britain are under threat.
The study, published by trade association Co-operative UK, says piers across the country are at risk due to rising maintenance costs and insurance bills.
It claims a lot of owners are unprepared to meet the spiraling costs, and wants more piers to be taken into community ownership to safeguard their future.
Study author Jess Steele said: “Too many piers are trapped in a cycle of neglectful ownership with only periodic attempts at conservation.”
She called for more piers to be taken over by community-run charities set up to operate their facilities – a scheme currently coming into force in Hastings.
But Clacton Pier boss Billy Ball said his family’s prized asset is in good hands.
He said: “We are always looking to take our pier forward. We are committed to it and we want to be at the helm here for many years to come."